Image taken as Julie Davis trained with Éadaoin Bhreathnach is the Clinical Director of the Sensory Attachment Centre at Ash Cottage in Co Down, Northern Ireland.

Image taken as Julie Davis trained with Éadaoin Bhreathnach, the Clinical Director of the Sensory Attachment Centre at Ash Cottage in Co Down, Northern Ireland.


Future Steps Sensory Integration & Attachment therapy (SAI2)

This is is a holistic treatment approach that focuses on facilitating co-regulation between child and parent, through video analysis, identification and analysis of the states of arousal in both parent and child, one-one education sessions for parents combined with Sensory Integration for the child or young person. Therapists delivering Sensory Integration & Attachment therapy (SAI2) are trained in the below:

- Ongoing MSc in Attachment Studies

- MoTc, under Dr Ben Grey, founding director of Cambridge Centre for Attachment. “The Meaning of the Child Interview is a method of understanding the parent-child relationship, though evaluating the way parents think about their child. It makes use of a semi-structured interview in which parents talk about their child, their relationship and their parenting, which is then carefully analysed using a manualised system.” – Four therapists are trained in this assessment

- SPI – Stress Parent Interview - One therapist is trained to deliver and analyse this information

- CAPA The Child Attachment and Play Assessment and School Age Assessment of Attachment a reliable means of assessing children's attachment strategies using Crittenden's Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment, together with play-based dimensions that assess mentalising (i.e., the ability to think about ourselves and others in terms of intentional mental states together with the awareness that the contents of our mind may be different to that of people).

- MiM trained, under Dr Ben Grey (founding director of Cambridge Centre for Attachment) – Marschak Interaction Method is a structured technique for observing and assessing the overall quality and nature of relationships between caregivers and child. It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit behaviours in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to: Set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure), Engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s state (Engagement), Meet the child’s needs for attention, soothing and care (Nurture), Support and encourage the child’s efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge) and the child’s ability to respond to the caregivers’ efforts

- SAI Level One & Two trained by Éadaoin Bhreathnach - This advanced training course involves individual supervision over 48 weeks period of two case studies i.e. an emotionally avoidant child and an emotionally reactive child. Professionals will learn how to micro-analyse parent- child engagement patterns; states of arousal; reviewing with parents their self regulation patterns; how to provide an enriched regulating environment in the home and contact venues. Parent-Child engagement sessions and parent review sessions are videoed to enable clinical analysis and supervision. So the caregiver can provide reflective integration to make changes to alter the environment, language and sensory needs to regulate the child